Endless Ocean

Common Sense Media says

Engaging scuba-diving simulation with no danger.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

You are a researcher exploring the ocean and periodically act as a guide for others.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a scuba-diving simulation game where nothing bad can happen. You can't run out of air, no fish will attack or harm you, and you can't get lost at sea. The game simulates nature and lets children experience what it's like to swim underwater at coral reefs and ancient shipwrecks. The Wii controls are simple enough that even a 5-year-old can play it.

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Kids say

What's it about?

ENDLESS OCEAN is a game for the Nintendo Wii that allows you to go on a series of scuba diving adventures. You can choose to simply dive to explore what this Endless Ocean has to offer, or you can get assignments to dive for a specific reason, including finding a particular species of fish or giving one of your dive customers a lesson. The graphics simulate nature as you encounter hundreds of fish and animals that populate this virtual ocean including sharks, dolphins, humpback wrasses, and blue tangs.

To play, kids simply point the Wii remote at the screen and move it in the direction they want to swim. To swim, they hold down the \"B\" button. When they encounter a fish they can click on it by pointing at it with the Wii remote and then pushing the \"A\" button. Thereafter they can interact with the fish by \"petting\" or feeding it, and when they become familiar enough with it, unlock educational information about the fish.

Is it any good?

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The intuitive use of the Wii controls makes this game an excellent choice for families looking to introduce kids to the wonders of the sea. Some of the assignments, like teaching a dolphin tricks, will particularly appeal to kids. But for some, if you stay under for too long, the diving can get tedious.

Endless Ocean makes scuba diving a peaceful, non-threatening adventure. The underwater visuals of this game make you feel as if you are actually in the ocean with sunlight filtering through the water. Kids are never in danger, even when swimming with sharks or whales. Plus, you can never run out of air and returning to your ship is as easy as pushing a button on the Wii remote. While the game can be played by two people, it's unfortunate that it has to be from two different machines. Parents will appreciate that you can only swim with someone with whom you can exchange friend codes using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of preserving coral reefs and keeping the oceans free of pollution. In what ways is this game unrealistic? What did you think about "petting" the fish -- is this something you should try to do in real life? Does this game make you want to learn how to scuba dive?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$30
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:January 6, 2008
Genre:Simulation

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Written byAnonymous July 3, 2011
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4
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Masterful, amazing, stunning, and incredible.

Endless Ocean for the Nintendo Wii is an intriguing game that may result in a change of the definition of the video game. Traditionally, video games are a challenge in which you try to overcome certain obstacles in an attempt to meet a certain goal. Endless Ocean has none of that. Instead, the gameplay in Endless Ocean has a new, innovative idea which has not been seen much in the gaming world: do whatever you want. And although some people may take this very game as an insult to video gaming, I think that in terms of originality, this game is in a class by himself. The story in Endless Ocean is about a woman named Katherine Sunday, who despite being an expert on diving, she will never actually do it herself, and the reason has to do with her family but its revealed late in the plot and I dont wish to spoil anything. The important thing is that you are diving and she is helping you out and guiding you. You can advance the plot by exploring certain areas and finding items, or you can just go wherever you want. If you dont care about the plot, you dont have to do it. There are only one or two areas on the entire map that need to be unlocked. Other than that, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want. Its relaxing. The game will give you sidequests from time to time. You may meet a dolphin and if you do you can train it to become your diving partner and come with you on your dives. After about an hour of gameplay you will unlock an aquarium. You can put any seagoing animal into it and you can change the animals in the aquarium at any time, not to mention the fact that you can swim with the fish in the aquarium as well. The game will send you emails giving you requests to give a tour of an area of to take a picture of an animal, but if you dont feel like doing them, you dont have to. In fact the game is so relaxed, there is even an option on the boat to gaze out at the ocean. Its a brilliant idea for a game to have this many options, and even better is that no one is forcing you to do any of these. Do it if you want to. And, being that this is an educational game, you can click on fish to learn their information, if you want to. But the underlying fact is that, yes, you WILL want to do it. Because everything about the gameplay itself is also amazing. The graphics are STUNNING, detailed and UTTERLY BRILLIANT. The music is calming with some great tracks from Hayley Westenra. And the environments themselves are ABSOLUTELY worth exploring. There is a deep sea abyss, a ruined village, a cave structure, a pirate ship, and more. Its unbelievable how much the makers of this game did to make it great. You can even play online with friend codes, which almost no educational games even include. The game is almost PERFECT. Parents, I assure you that everything in this game is completely appropriate for children. There is ZERO chance of you dying. It will never happen, NONE of the animals can attack you. The kids will not be scared, but they will be quiet. Their mouths will likely be wide open, in awe of what is before them. If you are a parent and you are looking for a game to buy for your kids, then I must ask you. Why did you not already buy this game? Buy it immediately. You dont even need to ask your children if they will like it. They wont. They will love it. This may be the best game the wii has to offer.
Kid, 12 years old January 6, 2009
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A Calming Game

If your kids are looking for a game that has no violence or language, buy Endless Ocean. This game has a really soothing tone to it. The point of the game is to swim around and get to know different fish. Your kids don't have to worry about polution and people dumping garbage in the ocean. There is no other sharks eating fish and no blood from ther fish. But if you are religious, there is one song that is religious, but that is the only kinda bad part of the game. My opinion is get the game and enjoy it. If you want to know the it is Amazing Grace. :-)
Teen, 14 years old Written bySeaSerpent November 5, 2012
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LEARNING

Refreshing

Endless Ocean is a diving simulator for the Wii. Right there, most people already have decided what they think of this game. Let's face it. If you go into this game thinking it's going to be a boring and lethargic experience without any weapons, enemies, or even violence, then you're probably going to think that it's a boring and lethargic experience without any weapons, enemies, or even violence. But that is exactly what Endless Ocean is. It's controversial. In fact, it is capable of re-defining what we think of when we say the phrase "video game". This is because Endless Ocean does not try to challenge you in any way, shape, or form. And while that may sound terrible, simple, or dumbed down for the little kids, this game is clearly capable of providing entertainment for adults as well. Endless Ocean has a few things going for it that make it a memorable experience. For starters, the game is presented very well. This includes excellent graphics and a decent interface. As you journey further through this endless ocean, you will find hundreds of fish, which you will catalogue in your encyclopedia. The game doesn't make you do this; in fact you can do virtually anything you want in this game, up to and including sitting on the bow of your boat watching the sunset and listening to music for however long you want. But it does provide you with that sense of wonder to keep you going. It makes you interested enough to want to learn about the fish, or travel into the cavern. It's all refreshingly carefree and laid-back. Now, on a more practical standpoint, this game does lack a few things that would have helped its overall appeal. I definitely think that it could have used a larger map, and more overall areas in the game, although they definitely packed a lot into the space that they used, including a deep-sea abyss, a cave, and some sunken ruins. There is an online mode in which you can dive with someone else, but you can't type messages to your friend. You can only send a few simple, pre-written commands that are really pretty useless, so you're going to want to call them and be on the phone while playing if you want to enjoy it. But Endless Ocean is a bright new idea, the likes of which has rarely been seen before. I will ignore anything to do with the sequel, as I am primarily interested in reviewing this game in the context of when it was made, and with that said, this game is well made and solid all around, but perhaps most importantly, it is a breath of completely fresh air not only onto the Wii, but onto video games all over the world.
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 18, 2012
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endless ocean

Families can talk about the importance of preserving coral reefs and keeping the oceans free of pollution. In what ways is this game unrealistic? What did you think about "petting" the fish -- is this something you should try to do in real life? Does this game make you want to learn how to scuba dive?
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